Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Ice Cream Girls

The Ice Cream Girls by Dorothy Koomson is by no means a frivolous romance read. While the writing style is light and easy, the subject matter is not, for it deals with the heartbreaking issue of an intimate relationship between teacher and his teenage pupils.

The book poses an important question: what is love? What's the difference between a loving and a controlling relationship? Why don't abused partners simply walk away? All this and more camouflaged by a pastel-coloured cover of girls in pink and yellow dresses.

A beautiful, compelling novel. I'll be searching out more of Ms Koomson's books.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wicked Appetite

Do you know how some books always make you hungry? Janet Evanovich's Wicked Appetite, a book that features seven deadly sins and two gorgeous hunks (blond Diesel and dark Wulf), made me crave carrot cake and raisin bread. How weird is that?

Here's an excerpt from the book:

My name is Elizabeth Tucker. I’m Elizabeth to my

mother, but for as long as I can remember, I’ve been

Lizzy to everyone else. And for as long as I can remember,

I’ve baked cupcakes. I enrolled in the culinary arts program

at Johnson & Wales in Rhode Island right out of high school,

hoping to someday get a job as a pastry chef. I graduated

J&W in the top ninety- three percent of my class, and I would

have graduated higher, but I flunked gravy. My gravy had

lumps in it, and that pretty much sums up my life so far. Not

that it’s been all bad, more that it hasn’t been entirely smooth.

I grew up in Virginia and when I was in third grade, Billy

Kruger gave me the nickname Buzzard Beak, and I carried it

with me all through grade school. I got my brown eyes and

distinctive nose from Grandpa Harry, and while the nose

wasn’t great, I told myself it could have been worse, because

Billy Kruger’s nickname was Poop Pants.

And then when I was in eighth grade, during a moment ofmisguided curiosity, I made out with Ryan Lukach, and the

jerk told everyone I wore a padded bra. I mean, give me a

break here. I was a late bloomer. Anyway, the truth is, my bra

was so padded I didn’t know I was getting felt up.

I got engaged to fellow classmate Anthony Muggin while I

was at Johnson & Wales. Two weeks after graduation and a

week before the wedding, Anthony and his Uncle Gordo

were caught hijacking a refrigerator truck loaded with sides

of beef. It turned out to be a lucky thing, because after I

visited Anthony in jail and returned the ring, I sobbed myself

through a couple tumblers of vodka, fell off the toilet

in a drunken stupor, crashed into a sink, and broke my

nose. When they patched me up, I was no longer Buzzard


So here I am with the cutest nose in town, and I’ve finally

grown breasts. They’re not huge, but they’re better than a

poke in the eye, and I’ve been told they’re perky. Perky is

good, right?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Straight from the HOT Sellers List at Red Rose

Today we're hosting Betty Ann Harris and her very own special agent, LOL.

Q: Betty, tell us about the book.
A: My Very Special Agent is the only erotic book in the Special Agent Series-

Q: Now I'm really listening. Well, actually, I'm interrupting. It's just that I love, love, love erotic books, when they're well written. Go on....
A: The hero, Stephen O'Leary is an extremely good-looking and eligible bachelor, and a top-notch FBI Special Agent. The damsel in distress is the beautiful romance author, Maggie Tyler, who is a young widow, having lost her husband in Desert Storm. A psycho-fan of Maggie's has been stalking her and things have gotten out of control. She's afraid, alone and lonely. The FBI is involved in the case and Stephen is assigned to do whatever he needs to do to keep Maggie alive. He takes her to a rural area in upstate New York where he has a cabin. But Maggie's stalker is closer than they realize, and she is in grave danger. Amidst a beautiful backdrop and surroundings, the two fall in love. But will Maggie's stalker end up killing them both? The psycho is jealous of Stephen and wants Maggie all to himself. Will they survive?

Q: Wow, that's quite a ride! Where can we read it?
A: The book is available in ebook, Kindle and paperback, and you can buy it here:

(I'm clicking on the link. Are you?)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Fifty Shades Of Grey

I tried to read it, really I did. Fifty Shades Of Grey is a hot topic nowadays. You can't be a writer and not have an opinion about it. I did not get past Chapter One.

Guess that in itself is an opinion.